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Today is the Sox’ annual Patriot’s Day game. It’s more significant now than ever.

Apr 21, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

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Today the Red Sox play their annual Patriot’s Day morning game. And today is the Boston Marathon. Emotions at both locations will run high.

Last year, the Red Sox beat the Rays in a walkoff win. As that game was ending, everything was changing. As the team headed to the airport for their flight to the next city and next series, news of the Boston Marathon bombings spread and the entire city of Boston was shaken. There was fear and confusion and sorrow but, a few days later when the Red Sox got back to town, those feelings were met with strength and resolve. They were met with David Ortiz‘s stirring speech to Red Sox fans and the city as a whole: “This is OUR F***in’ City!” he said. And with that, Boston Strong came to define the Red Sox season

Which isn’t to say that what happened at the Marathon was about the Red Sox or that everything the Red Sox do is about the Marathon. But it is undeniable that the Red Sox served as a rallying point and welcome diversion from the horror that was visited upon the city last Patriot’s Day. And that the tragedy of the bombings and the example the city set in the wake helped inspire the team. I’m sure every city would rally strongly if such a thing were to occur there — we’ve, unfortunately, seen cities have to do that in the past — but it just served as another reminder of how particularly close the Red Sox and Boston are. How the bond between sports and the city as a whole may be stronger in Boston than a lot of places, for a lot of reasons.

Last night the heroes of the aftermath of the bombings were remembered at Fenway Park in an official ceremony. I suspect that, later this morning, there will be many more unofficial remembrances to go along with it as the Red Sox take the field on a beautiful Patriot’s Day. In a city that could not be defeated and I suspect cannot be defeated.

  1. garypagetwo - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    If you really think these TWO brothers did this alone . You’re a Weak Minded SHEEP

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      If Infowars has taught me anything it’s that the clear headed aren’t the ones shouting conspiracy, and that Alex Jones can make a lot of money off of fools.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        I’ve always believed that somewhere between official versions and conspiracy theories lies a very murky truth. Unfortunately people like Gary up there make it seem like lunacy to ask any questions. Still, I’m quite interested in knowing who those paramilitary-looking dudes were.

    • zakharovsa - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      LOL

    • js20011041 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      I don’t understand conspiracy theorists. Was this really an act so unbelievably difficult to pull off that it had to be masterminded by a secret cabal consisting of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, George Bush, and the corpse of Bin Laden? Did they co-opt the CIA, FBI, and Boston PD to ensure the bombing’s success? Just how deep does your crazy go?

      • 18thstreet - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        GaryPageTwo doesn’t know how to use a period or capital letters correctly, and you’re wondering how crazy he is?

        He’s not crazy. He’s stupid. People like Alex Jones have figured out how to steal his money.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      What are we if we think you’re a massive douchebag?

    • kindasporty - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Wait a second. In your comment, the capital letters spell out ITWOYWMSHEEP. But what can this mean? Obviously since you are the one saying it, the first letter stands for I as in you. Since you are commenting, you must like to be included in things. So the two can be interpreted as too, so it says “I too” because that’s the start of a declaration of inclusion. Now, when people start over in life, sometimes they say they “turn the page”. Since you are garytwopage and not garyonepage, obviously you are moving on from something in your life. Looking back at your secret code, it jumps out at us. Your name is gary, so you must be a guy, and you have a Y chromosome. But you are turning to page two, and after the Y in your code, there is a WM. Could that stand for WoMan? I’m just asking questions here. So the Y gets turned into a woman, so this is very obvious that you are transforming from a man to a woman. But then there’s the next part about the sheep. I’ll let you guys take it from here. I think they’re watching me and I’ve already said too much.

      • Reflex - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Brilliant.

  2. hojo20 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Okay time to move on, like we did with Pearl Harbor.

  3. sandrafluke2012 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Boston=america

  4. keltictim - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Somebody get Gary a tin foil hat

  5. El Bravo - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Shout out to the Bostonians. You are good-hearted people and no one deserves to experience that sort of tragedy. That said, I dislike every single sports team hailing from your city and wish they would all come in dead last in each of their respective sports. Go Blackhawks.

  6. whatacrocker - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I really hope that today marks the end of the national obsession with this event. Sad, obviously, but it has gotten a level of attention that is simply unwarranted. The same number of people were killed in the shooting at the Jewish center two weeks ago, and that’s already been forgotten. Not to mention the recent bus crash that took nine lives, the shootings at Fort Hood, and all of the less dramatic passings from cancer, car crashes, heart disease, etc.

    • chc4 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      No kidding. The whole Boston Strong theme is really old and tired. The bombing was awful and tragic. But enough with the silly taglines and mottos.

    • belichickrulz - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      No one is demanding that you remember the Boston Marathon bombing. If you’re not from the Boston area, then there’s no reason for you to care. But stop telling US to stop remembering – because we won’t.

      Boston Strong.

  7. Carl Hancock - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I’m sick of the Red Sox co-opting this bombing and the whole “Boston Strong” slogan as if the Red Sox matter in the whole ordeal. They play baseball. The Boston Marathon is an international event that involved people from all of the country and world. It’s an international event in the world of martathon’s. It wasn’t a Boston specific tragedy. It’s time for the Red Sox to quit milking this.

    • belichickrulz - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      The Red Sox have been an important part of the healing process for Bostonians. They gave us something to rally around. And they’ve been at the forefront of remembering the heroes and the victims of that day. Obviously you don’t get that. Tough. It’s for us, not for you.

      Boston Strong.

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